Obesity is the
major global nutrition concern. Modernisation and urbanisation have led to changes in dietary and lifestyle
factors which are contributing to the increased prevalence of overweight and
Objective: To find out
various life style risk factors for obesity among school children of affluent
families aged 10-18 years in Jaipur city.
cross-sectional study in ten randomly selected schools of Jaipur city with
tuition fee > 18000 ₹/year was conducted from July 2012 to April 2013. 1610
students of class V to XII were included and their detailed life style history
with anthropometric measurements was recorded after their informed written
consent. Indian Academy of Pediatrics' growth Monitoring Guidelines for
children from birth to 18 years was followed for defining and classifying
Result: 364 (22.61%)
participants were found obese/overweight.Watching
television during meals, frequency of main meals outside home per month,
frequency of snacks outside home per week and duration of television/ computer
watching per day were found significant predictors of overweight/ obesity on
binary multivariate logistic regression method.
Conclusion: The present study highlights childhood overweight/obesity is an emerging
health problem (22.61%) and lifestyle factors are important risk for it.
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